Things to Do in Chattanooga TN for Families

Chattanooga is a family-friendly destination with tons of excitement and fun for all ages. Come face-to-face with an exotic species, ride a vintage train through the Tennessee Valley, or climb walls and boulders.

Check out these 11 things to do in Chattanooga TN for families.

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Creative Discovery Museum

Contact: (423) 756-2738

Boasting permanent and seasonal exhibits, hands-on events, and educational programs and camps, the Creative Discovery Museum will have your child’s discovery and curiosity soaring. Get a birds-eye view of Chattanooga atop Lookout Tower, learn to create healthy snacks at the Culinary Corner, experience the nuances of a hards day work for a bee at the Buzz Alley and Bee Garden, and design, sculpt, and create at the Visual Arts Gallery. General admission for ages 2 and up is $14.95.

Ruby Falls

Contact: (423) 821-2544

You and your family will be in awe at the sight of the nation’s tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public when you visit Ruby Falls. This popular natural attraction has captivated visitors for years as guests descend 26 stories by elevator to explore during daily tours, including the Lantern Tour and the Classic Waterfall Tour. The caverns are filled with unique rock formations that look like something from out of this world! Admission for guided tours starts at $12.95.

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Tennessee Aquarium

Contact: 800-262-0695

Get up-close to some of the world’s most exotic marine life at the Tennessee Aquarium. Located along the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee Aquarium has remained a popular spot for all ages to discover, learn, and appreciate the creatures that live in our bodies of water. Spot local flora and fauna along the River Journey including native birds, reptiles, and amphibians, take a deep dive into the world’s oceans at Tropical Cove, and get a glimpse into the life of a penguin at Penguins’ Rock. Admission is $34.95 for adults ages 13 and up and $21.95 for children ages 3-12.

Coolidge Park

Location: 150 River St. Chattanooga, TN

Coolidge Park has become a popular spot for families, with several attractions for kids and parents to enjoy. Located along the waterfront on Chattanooga’s north shore, this popular outdoor park includes a restored, 100-year-old carousel with 52 hand-carved animals, an interactive play fountain—great for kids to splash in during those warmer days—a pavilion, and tons of space for you and your family to enjoy.

Rock City

Contact: (706) 820-2531

Rock City is truly a natural wonder. This outdoor attraction includes a 4,100-foot trail, incredible rock formations, caves, and vibrant flowers. Lover’s Leap is a popular must-see; jutting out of the side of Lookout Mountain, Lover’s Leap includes a beautiful waterfall that cascades down the rocks. Atop Lover’s Leap, guests will experience stunning views of the area. Other attractions include Fairyland Caverns, Mother Goose Village, rock-climbing and gemstone mining for kids, and more! General Admission is $21.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 3-12.

Lookout Mountain

One of Chattanooga’s most popular attractions, Lookout Mountain is a great spot to spend the entire day with the family. Popular attractions Ruby Falls and Rock City are both situated here, as well as Incline Railway, one of the world’s steepest passenger railways. Located just minutes from downtown Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain is a must-visit for families looking for outdoor adventure, or just a little fresh air.

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High Point Climbing & Fitness

Locations: 219 Broad Street (Downtown); 1007 Appling Street (Riverside)

Contact: (423) 602-7625 (Downtown); (423) 475-6578 (Riverside)

With two popular locations, High Point Climbing & Fitness is a unique attraction for families to enjoy. Kids will love the Kid Zone, a 3,000 square-foot climbing area specifically designed for children. Both locations offer climbing courses for all skill levels. The downtown location even boasts its own transparent outdoor climbing walls that can’t be missed. Admission is $17.50 for adults, and $15.50 for children ages 10 and under.

Chattanooga Zoo

Contact: (423) 697-1322

Experience some of the world’s most exotic animals at the Chattanooga Zoo. This zoological park houses 13 acres of interesting creatures, including chimpanzees at Gombe Forest, meerkats at the Deserts & Forests exhibit, cougars and coyotes at Walkin’ the Tracks, and red pandas at the Himalayan Passage. Learn about the lives of the zoo’s inhabitants during an educational Keeper Chat that includes camels, langurs, marmosets, and other exotic creatures. The Chattanooga Zoo also has its own petting zoo, a popular spot for kids. Admission is $10.95 for adults and $7.95 for children ages 3-12.

TN Valley Railroad

Contact: (423) 894-8028

Described as a “moving museum”, the Tennessee Valley Railroad offers a historical experience through stunning vintage locomotives. There are several train rides to choose from, ranging from scenic rides lasting 55 minutes to day-long excursions. Ticket prices vary depending on the train ride.

Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball

Contact: (423) 267-4849

Nothing beats a day at the ballpark with the family! The Chattanooga Lookouts is Chattanooga’s minor league baseball team, playing regular season home games between April and August for the 2019 season. Lookouts baseball games is also a great option for many daily promotions, including:

  • Kids Eat Free Mondays - Kids ages 12 and under receive a free hotdog and drink

  • Thirsty Thursday  - Enjoy $2 drink specials throughout the park

  • Fireworks Friday - Fireworks after every Friday home game

  • Autograph Sundays - Autograph sessions will be held after every Sunday home game

ZIPStream Aerial Adventures

Contact: (423) 821-2544

This thrilling outdoor adventure includes over 700 feet of ziplines that offer breathtaking views of the Tennessee Valley. The attraction also includes a 40-foot climbing tower. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is $19.95 for all ages.

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